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A Special For My Readers
During the month of February, ALWAYS DEVOTED, the third book in my Search For Love series will be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $.99.  Also check at the bottom of this newsletter for a special giveaway just for my newsletter subscribers.  And don't miss my weekly giveaways on my Facebook author page (link below next to WHAT"S NEW)
ALWAYS DEVOTED at $.99 on Amazon
ALWAYS DEVOTED at $.99 on Barnes and Noble


I have a new Special Edition romance being released at the end of February.  It's part of the 20th anniversary Fortunes of Texas mini series. My hero, Chase Parker, could be CEO of his father's oil company. But his passion in life is to rescue horses. He's changing his life to follow his dream. Ten years ago, he impulsively married almost English royal Lucie Chesterfield Fortune in Scotland. They both thought the marriage was annulled.  But...  It wasn't!  Sparks fly when they meet up again in Austin, Texas to discover that the attraction they felt so long ago is still very much on fire.

I have exciting news about my Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery Series.  I have contracted with Kensington Books for Books 7 and 8 in the series.  Book 7 will be a Christmas themed mystery.  And Book 8...a wedding mystery! Stay tuned for more info about them both.

SILENCE OF THE LAMPS, the fifth book in my Caprice De Luca Home Staging mystery series will be released in May 2016.  Watch for my Facebook launch party.  In this mystery, Nikki's business rivalry with Drew Pierson heats up.  Caprice has to solve a murder mystery to keep Nikki from being the prime suspect in the investigation.  Tiffany lamps play a role in this mystery and I enjoyed doing the research about them.

Next I'll be working on the first Daisy Tea Garden Mystery series novel.  I have a title for the first book--The Lemon Tea Cake Murder.  This mystery will be released in spring of 2017.  More about Daisy and her family in the months to come.

GILT BY ASSOCIATION, the third book in my Caprice De Luca cozy mystery series, is a Valentine's Day book. Below is the recipe for Caprice's Cran-Orange, White-Choco Cookies which Caprice bakes to take to her sister as she is adjusting to life with a new baby.  I hope you enjoy them.  (They were taste-tested by my neighbors' children and received thumbs-up!)

Caprice's Cran-Orange, White-Choco Cookies
1/2 cup margarine (softened)
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 tablespoon grated orange peel  (I use one tablespoon fresh--about 2 navel oranges grated--and 1 tablespoon dried.  Adjust for your taste!)
1/2 cup Rice Krispies®
1 cup dried cranberries (I use Ocean Spray Craisins®)
1 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375̊
Mix softened margarine and butter.  Cream with sugar.  Add eggs and mix well.  Add baking powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla.  Mix in.  Add flour 1/2 cup at a time.  Mix in orange peel.  Stir in Rice Krispies®, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips.
Drop by rounded tablespoonful onto lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake about 12-13 minutes until golden brown and set.  Peek at the bottom of one to make sure it's golden brown.  Remove from cookie sheet immediately.
Makes about 33 melt-in-your-mouth cookies.
I look forward to spring this time of year.  I've ordered heirloom tomato seeds and will start those in March.  I've already planted petunia and impatiens seeds.  To brighten up our door, I hung a frou-frou pink and white mesh and ribbon Welcome decoration.  Baking this time of year seems to warm up the house.  A friend gave me a recipe for a chocolate yeast coffee cake that spread heavenly aromas through the rooms. 
And the cats...

All the cats like a warm bed. (Paddy likes to play in the covers when we change the bedding.)  Halo, Paddy, and Zoie like the furry throws to cuddle in or on.  Zoie often digs underneath one to nap undisturbed.  After all, if she can't see anyone, they can't see her either, right? (Even though her tail might be sticking out.) I had gotten a heated blue furry bed for Halo when she was sick but she never took to it and neither did Zoie or Paddy.  London, our senior cat at almost 15 years, lives mostly upstairs. So we took the bed upstairs for her.  She settled in it without it plugged in at first. Then we added the heat and now she spends most of her day in it. 

Then there's the outside stray, Sunnybud, who adopts us when it's convenient for him.  Usually twice a day for meals.  But I worry about him at night in the cold.  We have several heat pads in our unheated patio sunroom where he spends some time.  I've discovered all you can do is give cats a choice.  He has chosen the heated bed for nap time.  On cold mornings, he's waiting for me there.  Unlike the heat pads, this is a more subtle heat under a cushion. 

Last month I wrote about the outside shelters.  For more ideas and information about shelters, visit my blog at


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Until next time...
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Cozy mystery, Book 5 in the Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series

Business has never been better for Caprice, but her personal life could stand a few renovations. Just when she thought things were getting serious with her boyfriend Grant, his pretty ex-wife swoops into town and nabs his attention. Uncle Dom is living with her parents and desperately needs a job. And her sister Nikki's catering business is threatened when rival Drew Pierson starts eating away at her share of the market. Things could not possible get more chaotic when Drew is found bludgeoned to death by one of his grandmother's antique Tiffany lamps--and Nikki is the number one suspect. Now, Caprice must act fast to illuminate the truth and clear her sister's name--Before a cold-blooded killer puts her lights out next.

Pre-order SILENCE OF THE LAMPS on Amazon
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DRAPE EXPECTATIONS has been selected as one of Suspense Magazine’s “Best of 2015” books in the Cozy Mystery category. 
Cozy mystery, Book 4 in the Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series

As Caprice investigates the murder of Alanna Goodwin, fiance of former client and now friend Ace Richland--an 80's rock star, she discovers the Southern beauty had more secrets than pie safes.   Danger stalks Caprice.  Will her refresher self-defense course save her life?  Only if she keeps her wits about her and Lady by her side.

DRAPE EXPECTATIONS on Barnes and Noble
GILT BY ASSOCIATION,  Book 3 in the Caprice De Luca Home Staging mystery series. GILT BY ASSOCIATION has a Valentine's Day theme. Caprice De Luca's latest house staging is all about hearts, flowers, lace and chintz since Valentine's Day is around the corner. She never expects her client to be murdered in the greenhouse the day of the open house!
Book 2 in the Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series.
Quiet Kismet, Pennsylvania, may look like any other small town, but as a home stager, Caprice De Luca can see behind closed doors--and it seems someone has designs on murder.  When Bella's former flame is found dead in a pool of green paint swirling with blood, it's time for Caprice to stage an investigation. With all eyes trained on Bella's husband, Caprice shifts her attention from finding the perfect curtains to finding the perfect culprit.
DEADLY DECOR on Barnes and Noble
Cozy mystery, Book 1 in the Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series

Caprice DeLuca stages houses for high-end clients. When she discovers a body in the castle-mansion she staged to sell, she starts asking questions to solve the murder. Enjoy solving the mystery with Caprice, cook along with her, see her find homes for the stray animals she protects, be a part of the De Luca STAGED TO DEATH.
STAGED TO DEATH on Barnes and Noble
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